As River Tiber, singer/beatmaker Tommy Paxton-Beesley is unafraid to push his love for R&B and hip hop production into unusual places: pitching his vocals to sound like Mariah Carey, multitracking his voice into a dozen ghost choruses, and narrowing the gap in the soul spectrum between Jodeci and Flying Lotus. His early years have already put him into close working contact with Toronto peers like jazz-funk iconoclasts BadBadNotGood (he did overdubs on their 2014 album III and 2015’s Ghostface collaboration Sour Soul), while previous releases like 2013’s The Star Falls EP have shown just how starkly his blend of R&B and bass music stands on its own. River Tiber took his chops to the next level through collaborations with Pusha T and Kaytranada as well as appearing on Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, all ahead of his debut album release, Indigo, in June 2016. This next friday at Sónar.
The Bath-based band are making some noise with their slacker-style guitar music and are currently touring with Rat Boy. Bad Sounds are 70s-inspired grooves and upbeat music even if the lyrics frequently allude to dark stuff – even death. They’ve just released their new Ep ‘PHRESSH’
Mestre Bergman presents this week Pinegrove. From the collision between the traditions of indie and folk with Americana roots comes Pinegrove, a quartet from New Jersey captained by singer and composer Evan Stephens Hall. They define their music as “music for the promotion of introspective partying”, a statement that helps to intuit the precious, melancholic songs and the mixture of electric guitars, banjo and pedal steel guitar. A delightful breath of fresh air for the rock in which there is a good dose of the roots of Wilco and the indie candor of Built To Spill. On Thursday at Primavera Sound.
Long-time friends Nicolai Kornerup and Hannah Schneider make electronic music for low-light, high-passion encounters. Schneider’s breathy, close-proximity vocals stir the kind memories you thought you’d forgotten, of snatched intimate moments when you didn’t care who was watching.
Their first single ‘Sommer’ was improvised and recorded in a suburban basement in Copenhagen. Crawling up and out into the light, it went on to receive frequent play across Europe. Latest single, ‘Newcross’ propels these Danish hopefuls further on. By the way, AyOwA write and record in Danish.
Rising Alternative rock stars Flyte have released their latest track ‘Victoria Falls’. The London-based four piece are currently out in Australia recording their debut album with Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett). ‘Victoria Falls’ is the second track off Will Taylor’s (lead vocals, guitar), Sam Berridge’s (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Jon Supran’s (drums, backing vocals) and Nick Hill’s (bass, backing vocals) upcoming debut album. They’re a scratchy funk band who also do jerky new wave indie and mature MOR.
Shame, five 19-year-old’s building their reputation as one of the best new live bands in London, are already cemented following tours with The Garden and Fat White Family.. Britain’s hot new bunch of mods, Shame debuted with a double A-Side called ‘The Lick/ Gold Hole’ bursting at the seams with punk energy, but with the patter of The Streets, Shame have shared these days new single ‘Tasteless’, throwing up a defiant two fingers to social inertia and apathy in these troubled times.
The east London trio of Ellie Kamio, Paul Taylor and Simon Milner came together last year, introducing themselves with the straight-talking IILWMBF (I’m In Love With My Best Friend), Diseasey, which topped Spotify UK’s Viral 50 charts earlier this year, and reached #8 globally, and last month’s acclaimed The Drwg.
Sälen: one of the UK’s most explicit pop act might just be one of the most exciting of the monts to come due to their uncensored and witty electropop.